The UK’s best Christmas markets

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What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a visit to one of the UK’s excellent festive markets?

To help you kick off the Yuletide celebrations, here are some of our favourite markets this winter…

Christmas Markets
Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham
In celebration of Birmingham’s partnership with Frankfurt, the city has been hosting the largest German market outside Germany and Austria since 2001. Located in Victoria Square and New Street, it welcomes over 5 million annual visitors who soak up the authentic festive ambience while feasting on traditional pretzels, weissbier, and gluhwein (German mulled wine). 

15 November — 23 December - see for details.

European Christmas Market, Edinburgh
What better place to celebrate Christmas than in Scotland’s Gothic capital? Edinburgh’s Christmas Market forms just one part of the city’s impressive schedule of festivities, ranging from a silent disco to a Christmas tree maze. Taking place in East Princes Street Gardens, the market has a whole host of gift ideas and delicacies for the whole family. 

17 November — 5 January – see for details.

Blenheim Palace Christmas Market, Oxfordshire
Set against the spectacular backdrop of historic Blenheim Palace, this market includes an excellent selection of ceramics, jewellery, clothing and more while serving up all the festive foodie treats you’d expect. Highlights include the illuminated Christmas lights trail, which winds through the palace gardens and the Cinderella experience in the sumptuous state rooms.

23 November — 16 December – see for details.

St Nicholas Fair, York
Set in the heart of majestic York, the St Nicholas Fair has captivated locals and visitors alike for years. Located all around the city centre, you’ll be able to explore a whole host of interesting stalls and stands to spark your imagination, from the best local Yorkshire produce, to food and drink full of Yuletide yummy-ness, and even an old-fashioned helter skelter. 

15 November — 23 December – see for details.

Belfast Christmas Market, Belfast
If you’re heading to Belfast this Christmas season, check out the market in the Northern Irish capital’s majestic City Hall. International cuisine — from baklava crepes to a festive hog roast — and a whole host of arts and crafts stalls greet shoppers, while late night opening hours mean you can start your nights with a warming glass of mulled wine. 

17 November — 22 December – see for details.


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